Health and Stress
The World Health Organization defines health as a state of optimal physical, mental and social wellbeing and not merely the absence of disease and infirmity.
Optimum health may be achieved by keeping our minds and bodies in harmony within the world around us. We call things that may adversely affect our state of health ‘Stressors’. These stressors can be physical, chemical or emotional and push us out of balance and cause symptoms. Unfortunately the “help-cry” of symptoms may only be noticed some time after the stressors have already affected our health and wellbeing. By making the right lifestyle choices we can counteract the stressors and improve our state of health.
Throughout our lives our bodies can be prone to knocks, falls and accidents. These traumas, as well as strains and sprains from repetitive jobs, excessive sitting and poor posture are all physical stressors which can have a cumulative effect over time.
Poor dietary choices, smoking and recreational drugs as well as pollutants in the air, water and land can all have a damaging effects on our bodies.
Stress, mental trauma, and prolonged anxiety can all have a major impact on our health and wellbeing. This has been shown to affect our recovery from illness, our vulnerability to disease and our ability to deal with everyday life.
Dealing with Stressors
How our body handles stressors has a big effect on our state of health. Because our nervous system is the master control system of every cell in the body (including the hormone system) chiropractors work to ensure it is working at its best. They do this by making sure the spine, which protects the delicate nerves and whose joint sensors send millions of essential messages to the brain every second, is functioning at its optimum. Chiropractors are also qualified to give health advice to help make the best lifestyle choices.